Strengthening activities to promote vaccination against COVID-19

03 December 2021
Représentant UNICEF
UNICEF Madagascar/2021/Andrianandrasana

Antananarivo, 03 December, 2021: UNICEF's role is to support the government through innovative and effective strategies in order to boost the population’s demand for vaccination services. In this context, UNICEF is today holding the scientific conference on vaccination against COVID-19 at the Carlton Hotel, an event chaired by the Ministry of Public Health and meant to mobilize learned institutions and health professionals on the importance of vaccination against COVID-19.

Indeed, this conference is part of a series of national activities with the aim of strengthening awareness of vaccines. These activities are within the framework of the implementation of recommendations made by a joint mission of WHO Afro, UNICEF Regional Office, Gavi, USAID and the World Bank having stayed in Madagascar from 2 to 8 November, with the aim of accelerating vaccination against COVID-19. Thus, awareness-raising workshops are scheduled with managers of around fifty companies in order to encourage the protection of workers through vaccination. Other actions are also planned at the national level with the technical ministries, the press and religious associations to inform and sensitize the population on the importance of vaccination and to bring the maximum number of people, especially those vulnerable, to get immunized.

As a reminder, Madagascar experienced two waves of transmission of COVID-19 during the third quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021. Based on the number of cases and deaths, six regions namely Analamanga, Haute Matsiatra, Diana, Boeny, Atsinanana and Alaotra Mangoro were the most affected. Thanks to its adhesion to the COVAX mechanism in March 2021, the country has, to date, benefited from more than 2,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. However, the use of these vaccines by the populations is still only tentative at a time when there is an upsurge in cases in certain regions.

Vaccination remains for the moment the best hope to get out of this pandemic so as to resume a normal social and economic life. By combining barrier measures and vaccination, we are helping to avoid other mutations of the virus which could be even more dangerous.

 

 

 

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UNICEF Madagascar
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Communication officer
UNICEF Madagascar

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